Top Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades: American Air, BlackBerry, Mallinkrodt, PG&E, RingCentral, Southwest Airlines, Yeti and More
Stocks were indicated to open lower on Monday after weekend news that sounds like a China trade deal is not on the way very soon. Investors have been forced to see numerous waves of selling in 2018, and there has also been lower upside after buying immediately after the big market selloffs versus prior years. Now is the time for investors to start considering how they want their investments and assets positioned for 2019.
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These are the top analyst upgrades, downgrades and initiations seen from Monday, November 19, 2018.
Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) was started as Outperform and was assigned a $81 price target (versus $67.99 close) at Credit Suisse. The firm also named Alaska Air as its top pick in the airline sector.
American Airlines Group Inc. (NASDAQ: AAL) was started as Neutral and was assigned a $41 price target (versus $36.75 close) at Credit Suisse.
American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE: AMH) was downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James.
AstraZeneca plc (NYSE: AZN) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Investec.
BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB) was raised to Outperform from Neutral at CIBC World Markets, after news that it is acquiring Cylance to get deeper into cybersecurity . BlackBerry was up 1.2% at $8.97 on Friday and was indicated up 2% at $9.15 on Monday, and it has a 52-week range of $8.63 to $14.55.
Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG) was raised to Overweight from Neutral and the price target was raised to $53 from $43 (versus $41.53 close) at Piper Jaffray.
The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) was started as Outperform and was assigned a $71 price target (versus $55.90 close) at Credit Suisse.
Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV) was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup.
Edison International (NYSE: EIX) was raised to Buy from Neutral but the price target was lowered down to $59 from $72 (versus $54.45 close) at Citigroup.
Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE: HP) was raised to Neutral from Underperform and the price target was raised to $65 from $63 at Credit Suisse, with the firm seeing the company’s demand and profitability all moving in the right direction.
Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICPT) was raised to Outperform from Perform with a $140 price target (versus $102.70 close) at Oppenheimer.
JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) was started as Underperform and was assigned a $16 price target (versus $18.03 close) at Credit Suisse.
Mallinckrodt PLC (NYSE: MNK) was raised to Buy from Hold and the price target was raised to $40 from $34 (versus $30.86 close) at Canaccord Genuity.
Novartis AG (NYSE: NVS) was raised to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs, but the company was also added to the prized Conviction Buy list.